Best Kept Secret of Gujarat, Architecture Marvel & Historical Monuments
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Best Kept Secret of Gujarat, Architecture Marvel and Historical Monuments tour will begin with pick up from Ahmedabad airport. Explore the monuments and museums of Ahmedabad then proceed to uncover the mystery of Dholavira. Next drive to Bhuj to visit grand palaces, museum & step-well. Continue to explore the Great Rann of Kutch a salt marsh in the Thar Desert reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. This area inhabited by the Kutchi people is rich center of traditional art and craft. Next head to Mandvi a beach resort & major port with four-hundred-year-old ship building industry. Return toward Ahmedabad and stopover visit to great temple complex at Bhadreshwar & Patan. Safari in Little Rann Of Kutch is also part of package.
Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad
On arrival at Ahmedabad airport assistance & transfer to hotel check in at hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Ahmedabad
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Ahmedabad.
Visit Hatheesing Jain Temple established in 1850 by Seth Hatheesing a rich Jain merchant, the temple is dedicated to 15th Jain Tirthankar Dharamnath. Bhadra Fort a beautiful monument that is famous for its intricate carvings, pattern works and beautiful frescos suits. Located in the middle of lush greenery the huge 44 acre Fort got its name from the Bhadrakali Temple that it houses. Sabarmati Ashram once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River. The museum is one of the most interesting sections of the ashram as it has on display some of Gandhi`s personal letters and photographs. Shaking Minarets one of the most intriguing architectural wonders & an unsolvable mystery that the world has ever seen. Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur the first Temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, a Hindu sect. Kite Museum in the premises of Sanskar Kendra the museum had an elaborate display of about 125 uniquely carved kites including mirror embroidered kites, block print kites and Japanese kites such as Rokuku. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Ahmedabad - Dholavira (255kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Dholavira check in at village resort.
Explore Dholavira archaeological & historical sites dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization 4500 years ago. It is full of historic treasures, including seals with animal figures, funerary structures, letters of the Indus script, stone sculptures, pottery with painted motifs, terracotta ornaments, sign boards, and several other structures and objects. The ancient water reservoirs are certainly a highlight and excite visitors with their well-preserved state. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Dholavira - Bhuj (220kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bhuj check in at hotel.
Later city tour of Bhuj, visit The Aaina Mahal Palace built in the middle of 18th century. Explore the compound outside the palace, with its beautiful carved doorways, elaborate window boxes and balconies. Prag Mahal built-in the 19th century next to Aina Mahal, the grand palace boasts of Gothic-style windows and Corinthian pillars around it. The opulent Mahal has the second tallest clock tower in the country which offers an amazing view from the top. A part of the palace has been converted into a museum with archives and personal items of the royal family on display. Shri Swaminarayan Temple initially built in the year 1822, it was the first of many Sampraday Swaminarayan temples. Ramkund a square stepwell, whose walls have carved miniature idols depicting the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and sculptures of Lord Rama, Devi Sita, Lord Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Bhuj - Hodka (65kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Banni Region of Kutch visiting Nirona Village for Rogan arts on a piece of cloth. The word Rogan comes from Persian and means oil-based. The process of making the natural colors used in art gives it such a name. Castor oil is heated on a fire for about 12 hours and then cast into cold water to give a thick residue called the Rogan. This is then mixed with stone pigments to lend it different hues. Next, the artisan uses a six-inch metal stick to paint with a fine thread of Rogan on cloth.
Drive to Hodka check in at hotel. Evening drive short distance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the White Rann. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Hodka
Very early in the morning drive to White Rann of Kutch to see the sunrise. The Great Rann of Kutch is world largest salt marsh in the Thar Desert. Return to hotel for breakfast.
Later visit Dhordo village in White Rann occupied by Mutwa Muslim Community.
Next visit a small Pathan community hamlet engaged in Embroidery. Continue to Khavda to see Potters and Samma tribe.
Later leave for Kala Dungar to view the beautiful sunset. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Hodka - Mandvi (135kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Mandvi via visiting Sumarasar Village of Shawl & Stole Weavers in Kutch a traditional profession and skills passed on from father to son.
Arrive Mandvi check in at hotel. Later visit visit Vijay Vilas Palace built in 1929 by Rao Vijayrajji. It was built of red sandstone in the Rajput style, with a main central dome, Bengal domes at the sides, bastions at the corner, and colored glass windows. The balcony at the top affords a superb view of the surrounding area, and the king`s tomb can also be seen. Mandvi Town known for its shipbuilding centre. The local carpenters still make ocean-going Dhows in much the same way that their ancestors had done a century ago. One can go and visit the men at work, shaping the great vessels with hand tools and coaxing the seasoned timber into shape. The carrying capacity of these boats can vary from 250 tons to 1000 tons.
Rest time to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Mandvi - Dasada (275kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Dasada enroute stop to see some of the in Mundra see some of the finest Batik workshops. The process starts with the removal of starch from the plain white fabric. The fabric is soaked in soda and with thorough rinsing; the starch from the fabric is removed. A work table is prepared by spreading river-bed sand on a long rectangular surface. The printer begins block-printing with wax once the plain fabric is laid out on the table.
Next stop visit Bhadreshwar Jain Temple an appreciated sites of great significance in religious history. It is claim the city was founded in 516 BC, and first temple was built 2500 years ago, about 45 years after the death of Lord Mahavir. The main temple is strikingly beautiful in all white marble with majestic pillars. Around the central one are 52 smaller shrines, one of which reputedly holds the original Parshavanath idol from 500 BC.
Arrive Dasada check in at hotel. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Dasada - Ahmedabad (160kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Safari in Little Rann of Kutch a unique landscapes of its kind in the entire world with an unending possibility of exploration. The present saline desert of the Little Rann of Kutch is believed to have been shallow sea. Little Rann of Kutch is the only haven on earth for endemic Asiatic Wild Ass. Known for its speed, the wild ass lives in herds led by stallions and survived by migrating between the grassy bets through the season, in search of food. Sanctuary is also home to 32 other species of mammals such as chinkara, two types of desert fox, jackals, caracals, nilgais, Indian wolves, blackbucks, and striped hyenas along with 350 different species of birds, including the common crane, pelican and the lesser flamingo. Interestingly, the Little Rann gets a fair number of winged visitors in the winter months. Among these, the ceraneous vulture comes from Egypt, the common and demoiselle cranes arrive from Siberia, the blue-tailed bee-eater visits from Europe, and the houbara bustard of Iran and Iraq are the most commonly sighted birds here. Also, the sanctuary is home to a sizeable population of Rabari and Bharwad tribes.
After safari drive to Ahmedabad via visiting Rani ki Vav 11th century Solanki era step well built by the Queen Udayamati & Karna in memory of her husband Bhima I. The stepwell is designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water, divided into seven levels of stairs with sculptural panels, more than 500 principal sculptures and over a thousand minor ones combine religious, mythological and secular imagery. And Panchasara Jain Temples, more than 100 Jain temples with exquisite domes & sacred carvings on the walls built by king Vanraj Chavada around 746 CE. Modhera Sun Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya built wetbeen 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya dynasty. The temple complex has three components: Gudhamandapa, the shrine hall; Sabhamandapa, the assembly hall and Kunda, the reservoir. The halls have intricately carved exterior and pillars. The reservoir has steps to reach the bottom and numerous small shrines. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Ahmedabad – Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination. (Standard hotel check out time 11 AM).
Assistance on arrival at airport.
9 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Little Rann of Kutch with forest department naturalist.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 9 nights accommodation
Ahmedabad x 3 night
3* - WelcomHeritage Mani Mansion/ Parker Lords Eco Inn
4* - Ramada Hotel/ Lemon Tree Premier
5* - The House of MG/ Le Meridien
Dholavira x 1 night
3*, 4* & 5* - Rann Resort Dholavira/ Dholavira Tourism Resort
Bhuj x 1 night
3* - Seven Sky Clarks inn/ Hotel Ilark
4* & 5* - The Fern Residency/ Hill View Resort
Hodka/ Rann of Kutch x 2 night
3*, 4* & 5* - Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort/ Kutir Craft Village Resort
Mandvi x 1 night
3* - The Village Resort/ Seabreeze Resort Mandvi
4* & 5* - Serena Beach Resort/ Mandvi Beach Resort
Dasada/ Bajana (Little Rann of Kutch) x 1 night
3*, 4* & 5* - Royal Safari Camp, Bajana/ Rann Riders, Dasada
Any flight tickets.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.